Relive Anil Kumble's 'jumbo' performance of a 'perfect ten' against Pakistan – 19 years on

Nineteen years since momentous day in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, where Anil Kumble completed a 'perfect 10' is still etched in the memory of many Indian cricket lovers.

FirstCricket Staff, February 07, 2018

In a historic Test series that saw Pakistan tour India after 12 years, leg-spinner Anil Kumble scripted some history for himself on 7 February, 1999, by becoming only the second bowler after England’s Jim Laker to take all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test.

Nineteen years since momentous day in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, it is still etched in the memory of many Indian cricket lovers.

Anil Kumble became the only second bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings to equal England's Jim Laker's world record for most wickets in an innings. Reuters

Anil Kumble became the only second bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings to equal England's Jim Laker's world record for most wickets in an innings. Reuters

India fell agonisingly short in the first Test of the two match series at MA Chidambaram in Chennai. But after winning the toss and electing to bat first in the second Test, they were bowled out for 252 with off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq scalping a five-wicket haul. Indian spinners – Harbhajan Singh and Kumble – were the chief destroyers as Pakistan folded for 172.

India set Pakistan a target of 420 runs to win after notching 339 in their second innings. The visitors started the chase with openers Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi providing a 100-run stand. Kumble first sent Afridi packing followed by Ijaz Ahmed in the same over and that led to the beginning of what eventually ended as a ‘perfect 10’. Subsequently, India dismissed Pakistan for 207, winning the Test by 212 runs and squaring off the series 1-1.

Interestingly, after the leg-spinner had taken nine wickets, Karnataka teammate Javagal Srinath, who bowling from the other end, deliberately bowled wide off the stumps against the last-wicket batting pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, to help his friend have a chance of completing the record.

Fondly known as Jumbo went on to finish his career as the leading wicket-taker for India with 619 wickets in 132 Tests and third overall after Muttiah Muralidharan (800) and Shane Warne (708).

Kumble's career spanned across two decades that began in 1990 and ended in 2008. Kumble is also widely regarded as greats of the game and hailed as one of the biggest match-winners for India.

Post-retirement Kumble was appointed as India's coach from June 2016 and just before completing a year he stepped down after deeming his relations with Indian captain Virat Kohli 'untenable'.

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Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114